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Payne Theological Seminary

Payne Theological Seminary is one of the oldest Black seminaries primarily concerned with the training of men and women for the ministry. Payne Theological Seminary, founded by the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1894, is dedicated to the preparation of African American and other leaders for ministry in the traditions of liberation, reconciliation, social justice, and the dignity of all humankind. Its origin can be traced to the Ohio Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, which met in Columbus Ohio on October 18, 1844. There a committee was appointed and empowered to select a site and erect a Seminary and Manual Training School. In 1871, the Board of Trustees of Wilberforce University voted and approved the organization of a seminary to be named for Bishop Daniel A. Payne, who had interested the African Methodist Episcopal Church in a program of higher education. Payne Theological Seminary was incorporated in 1894 as an independent institution.

In 1954, the Seminary took steps to raise its standards by promoting a program exclusively on a graduate level. Payne Theological Seminary was admitted to membership in the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in 1956. In 1995, it became the fourth historically African American theological seminary to become fully accredited by the ATS. In 2009, the ATS Commission on Accrediting announced that Payne had been elevated to a ten-year accreditation cycle. Payne's next accreditation visit will be in 2018.

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Payne AME Church details the spiritual, moral, social, and civic affairs of African Methodist Episcopalism, founded by Rev. Richard Allen in 1816, the oldest and largest Christian Church denomination composed chiefly of persons of African descent.
Payne Clergy
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Payne Clergy preserves the history of ordained clergy, local and itinerant deacons, elders, and Bishops in the AME Church. This collection also details the extensive and significant contributions made by women as lay leaders as well as ordained clergy in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Payne History
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Payne History presents primary documents about the creation and development of Payne Theological Seminary, the oldest freestanding seminary in the world, founded by Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne and guided by 16 deans and presidents since 1894.
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Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Publishing
Payne Clergy
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Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Women in Ministry, Publishing
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Payne AME Church
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Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Publishing, The Christian Recorder
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Topic: African Methodist Episcopal Church--Liturgy
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Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Publishing, The Christian Recorder
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Payne Church Histories
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Payne Church Histories provides photographs, maps, blueprints, institutional reports, and occasional programs that give insight into the social, economic, and political autonomy that supported the organization of African Methodist Episcopal churches, many of which are counted as the oldest real estate owned by African Americans in America.
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Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Education, Publishing
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Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, History, Publishing
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Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Women in Ministry, Missions
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Payne AME Church
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Topic: African Methodist Episcopal Church
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Topic: African Methodist Episcopal Church--Discipline
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Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Women in Ministry, Missions
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Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Women in Ministry, Missions
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Payne Clergy
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Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Finances
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Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Wilberforce University, Payne Theological Seminary
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Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Publishing
Payne Clergy
by Reverdy C. Ransom (editor)
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Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Bishops, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Alice M. Dunbar, The A.M.E....
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Series contains correspondence with D. Ormonde Walker, F. Andrew Roundtree, Charles S. Spivey and W.A. Lewis. The Rev. George Arnett Singleton Collection collection documents the life and work of A.M.E. educator, minister and publication editor, George Arnett Singleton. The main subjects of the collection are the editorial functionings of the A.M.E. Church Review and Christian Recorder, Singleton's ministry and writings.
Topic: African Methodist Episcopal Church
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Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, History, Publishing
Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Bishops, Publishing
Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Publishing
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Topic: African Methodist Episcopal Church
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Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Historical Churches
Topics: Payne Theological School History, Architecture
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Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Publishing
Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Women in Ministry, Missions
Source: folio
Photo notes: Homecoming at time of A.M.E. Conf. held in Bethel 1940 Mrs. Daivd Barnes, Indianapolis, Ind. Copy 4 Review
Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, History
Source: folio
Rembert Stokes Collection
Topics: Payne Theological Seminary, History
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Payne AME Church
by Clark, F.A.
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Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Worship and Liturgy
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Contributed by Wilberforce University Archives
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Payne History
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Payne AME Church
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Topics: Payne Theological Seminary, History
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Contributed by Wilberforce University Archives
Topics: Payne Theological Seminary, History
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Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Bishops
Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Bishops, Women in Ministry
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Ledger features the title "Charles Woodley Book" on cover. Colored Church of Bensalem at Bridgewater noted on many pages of cursive handwriting.
Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Publishing
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Ransom writes his statement on scrap paper - he uses the blank side of extra fundraising letters
Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Bishops, Segregation, Miscegenation
Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Bishops, William Starr Myers, Woodrow Wilson, Racism,...
6 photographs of Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church, Lovejoy, Illinois. The dedication stone names the church as Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church organized 1869, rebuilt 1870, Rev. E.O.
Topic: African Methodist Episcopal Church History
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Topics: Payne Theological Seminary, History
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Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Bishops, Segregation, Woodrow Wilson
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Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Women in Ministry: Payne Clergy
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Series contains correspondence with D. Ormonde Walker, F. Andrew Roundtree, Charles S. Spivey and W.A. Lewis. The Rev. George Arnett Singleton Collection collection documents the life and work of A.M.E. educator, minister and publication editor, George Arnett Singleton. The main subjects of the collection are the editorial functionings of the A.M.E. Church Review and Christian Recorder, Singleton's ministry and writings.
Topics: Payne Theological Seminary, History
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Each of these Bishops have served on the Board of Trustees for Payne Theological Seminary. Left to Right: William Henry Heard, John Albert Johnson, Joseph Simeon Flipper, Henry Blanton Parks, Edward Wilkerson Lampton
Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Bishops
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Payne Clergy
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Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Bishops, Woodrow Wilson, Racism, Segregation
Payne Clergy
by Reverdy C. Ransom
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Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Bishops, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Alice M. Dunbar
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Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Church Histories
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Payne Clergy
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Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Bishops, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Alice M. Dunbar
Series contains correspondence with D. Ormonde Walker, F. Andrew Roundtree, Charles S. Spivey and W.A. Lewis. The Rev. George Arnett Singleton Collection collection documents the life and work of A.M.E. educator, minister and publication editor, George Arnett Singleton. The main subjects of the collection are the editorial functionings of the A.M.E. Church Review and Christian Recorder, Singleton's ministry and writings.
Topics: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Payne Theological Seminary History